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  1. Dec 2017
    1. “Ask them to tell an Iktomi story, mother.” Soothing my impatience, my mother said aloud, “My little daughter is anxious to hear your legends.”

      I believe that one of the most fascinating things to me is the telling of stories before writing was ever a thing. Stories were told verbally only, this making the idea of the stories that much more exciting. The older empires and civilizations were kept alive by the stories that their elders would tell. They held the knowledge of their people in their minds and would tell extravagant stories to their children and grandchildren to keep the ideas alive.

  2. Oct 2017
    1. He now intervened to defend imperialism, saying in tones of almost comic reverence, that it had accomplished things that natives couldn’t have done for themselves. It had taught them, among other things, he said, how to appreciate the cuneiform and hieroglyphics of their own traditions

      Imperialism is a huge part of the formation of some of the large empires that we study throughout history. While Said is saying that the man speaking is defending imperialism i think he is portraying a part of it that can be very destructive. The man talks about how these people who may or may not be a large empire have decided that the native peoples are in need of their help whether or not it has actually been asked for. also, how can you teach a people more about their own writings if they are in fact the ones that wrote it?